Tuesday, July 3, 2012

How to add Swap Drives on Linux

How to add swap drives after installation

After installing Ubuntu and you would like to install a swap partition, make sure there is an empty partition.

Let's list your partitions:

ls /dev/sda*

Let's say that your the partition your going to make a swap is "/dev/sda3":

sudo mkswap /dev/sda3

Mount the swap partition:

sudo swapon -U xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

This command will give you the UUID of the drive:

sudo blkid /dev/sd3

Open your "/etc/fstab":

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Add the following but make sure to replace the UUID:

UUID=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx none swap sw 0 0

To save, hit Ctrl + x, then Enter.

In the end, make sure your swap is loading properly

sudo blkid
Make sure the UUID for "swap" matches the one in the "/etc/fstab".

Further testing:

sudo mountvall -v